The second I picked up this book, I didn't want to do a thing other than read it and snarled at all would-be interrupters like a hibernating bear. The characters--sarcastic Elliot, beautiful misandrist elf Serene, and big-hearted jock Luke--and the world of the Borderlands instantly sparked that same fierce affection that will be familiar to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, or Sabaa Tahir. If you've ever rage-posted on Tumblr about the glaring plot holes and probable trauma experienced by your favorite YA series' child heroes, you'll LOVE Brennan's fond yet ruthless exploration of fantasy tropes and their ties to our own, all-too-real society. Also, hello: harpies! dryads! witty banter! painful first love! mermaids!